July 23, 2003 -- CropChoice news -- Just-food.com, 07/22/03:
David Byrne, EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer
Protection, has welcomed the final adoption, at the
Agriculture Council today [Tuesday], of an EU regulation
controlling the use of additives in animal feed.
The new regulation will strengthen the control of all
types of additives in animal feed, but in particular
it completes the EU’s drive to phase out antibiotics
as growth promoters. Banning the use of antibiotics
as growth promoters in feed is also vital to efforts
to combat anti-microbial resistance, the European Commission
The regulation will come into force later this year,
once it has been published in the EU's Official Journal.
The EU has already banned antibiotics used in human
medicine from being added to animal feed. The new regulation
completes this ban on antibiotic growth promoters in
feed by prohibiting the use of four substances: monensin
sodium, salinomycin sodium, avilamycin and flavophospholipol.